Build a Simple Bamboo Water Feature

Looking to add a splash of calm to your backyard?

A bamboo water feature is an easy and affordable way to do it. It's a project you can complete in a weekend.

You'll end up with a lovely waterfall, flowing through bamboo spouts into a pond or basin. The sound of flowing water will turn your yard into a peaceful haven.

What You Need

  • 4 ft. level
  • Cordless drill/driver
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer
  • Hand maul
  • Jigsaw
  • Utility knife
  • 8 copper wire
  • 2-inch PVC pipe
  • Drywall screws
  • Pinch valve
  • Plastic water line
  • Pond pump
  • Sand
  • Split bamboo sections and 1-inch supports
  • Pond liner (optional)
How do I make a bamboo water feature?

DIY Bamboo Water Feature Method

Starting at the Bottom

First, figure out where your water feature will go If you have a pond already, great! If not, you can install a small pond or use a large container like a whiskey barrel.

Setting the Slope

For the best results, plan for a 6-inch slope for every 10- to 12-foot section of bamboo. This ensures a smooth flow of water. If your garden is flat, you can use higher supports to create an artificial slope.

Layout and Design

Before you start building, lay sections of bamboo on the ground. This helps you see how long each piece should be and how they'll fit together.

Assemble the Sluices

Start at the bottom and work your way up. Run water from a garden hose to check the flow. You can quickly fix mistakes by moving supports or bamboo sections.

Bamboo Spout

Cut a 45-degree angle on the bottom of the PVC and drive it into the ground behind the last sluice. Slip the bamboo spout base over the PVC pipe.

Drilling the Hole for the Spout

Make a pilot hole and cut out the hole for the spout using a jigsaw. Attach the spout to the base. This is where your water will emerge.

Decorative Touches

Feel free to add some decorative elements. Japanese-style decorations work well, but go with what suits your garden.

Sizing the Pump

The key is to know how high the pump needs to lift the water. Once you have that measurement, choose a pump that can lift more than you need.

Installing the Pump

Place the pump on a few bricks or pond ledges to keep it off the pond bottom. Use a pinch valve to adjust the water flow.

If you want a fountain, here is how you can make a bamboo fountain.

Maintaining Your Water Feature

Bamboo is hard and can dull saws. A hacksaw is the best tool for cutting bamboo. Coat the bamboo with a clear, exterior oil-based sealer to help it last longer.

If you live in a cold area, store the bamboo sections indoors during the winter to prolong their life.

A bamboo water feature adds a tranquil touch to any garden. It's a project you can complete on a weekend, even if you're not handy. Plus, the sound of flowing water creates a peaceful atmosphere you'll enjoy year-round. So why not turn your backyard into an oasis?

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